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Albright Concerned About 'Politicization' of Green Beret's Death

(CNN's "New Day")

By    |   Thursday, 19 October 2017 07:51 AM

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Thursday she's concerned about the "politicization" of the death of Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson, but at the same time, Americans need to find out what happened that led to the deaths of him and three fellow soldiers in Niger during an ISIS attack.

"I am concerned about the politicization of it. This is a tragic matter for the family, and so that is most sad, I think," Albright, who served under President Bill Clinton, saoid on CNN's "New Day" program. "We do need to find out what happened. There are American forces in a variety of places for good reason, I think, especially in Africa as ISIS has metastasized and gone into a variety of places."

At the same time, Americans need to know what happened "so it doesn't happen again if at all possible," Albright said, while admitting it is not always easy to find out answers.

"In my case, I had to deal with our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania being blown up, trying to figure out what happened, and bring the bodies home and talk to the families," said Albright.

A war of words has sprung up between President Donald Trump and Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who claims his remarks to Johnson's pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, were insensitive. Wilson claimed she heard Trump, whose call was put on a speaker, tell Johnson that her husband "knew what he signed up for . . . but when it happens it hurts anyway."

Trump, meanwhile, has accused Wilson of fabricating her story. 

Albright said that there "may have been a reason to stay quiet" on the ambush attack that killed Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia.

Meanwhile, she said, there is "no explanation of any kind of strategy of what the president, what this administration is thinking about in terms of our overall strategy. I try to follow this carefully. In most reasons we do not know what the overall plan is."

The Trump administration has been in office for nine months, she added, and it is the obligation of an administration to put out a general status of what its national security strategy is.

She did describe Trump's upcoming trips as an "incredible undertaking," but also said he does not have enough State Department support.

"We don't have ambassadors in a lot of places," said Albright. "He's going to go to Japan and South Korea, China and Vietnam and the Philippines. What could possibly go wrong? The bottom line is there are an awful lot of issues going on and a lot of discussions to be had. So my concern is basically what is the support system for this?"

She said he belives Trump should make the trips, but doesn't know if he will be prepared for them.

Albright also spoke about the relationship between Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, pointing that a president and the secretary do not have to talk all the time, but "there has to be a level of trust."

"I thought it was the most incredible job in the world," she said. "I don't see Secretary Tillerson seeing it quite that way."

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Thursday she's concerned about the "politicization" of the death of Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson, but at the same time, Americans need to find out what happened that led to the deaths of him and three fellow soldiers in...
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